Given the spikes in coronavirus cases across the world in recent weeks, many people are understandably concerned about how they can keep themselves and their families safe.
The conversation around COVID-19 has centered around personal hygiene practices like washing your hands, not touching your face, using disinfectant spray, and practicing social distancing.
And while these are all important measures to take, there’s one key component often being left out.
Health expert and Founder of the revolutionary 90-day nutrition program WildFit, Eric Edmeades, tells us that our last line of defense against coronavirus isn’t just hand sanitizer and medical masks.
It’s how we take care of our physical health and mental well-being during this time.
And even though the current global situation can understandably feel pretty unnerving and uncertain at times, you don’t need to panic.
While the coronavirus is a highly contagious virus and there’s no ‘cure’ as yet, in many ways your health is still well within your control.
Beyond limiting travel and practicing good hygiene, Eric Edmeades assures us that there are several steps you can take to keep your health in check during the coronavirus outbreak.
1. A Solid Nutrition Plan
Just like a car, the fuel we put into our bodies will ultimately determine how well it’s going to run.
Right now one of the absolute worst things you can do for your health is to overwhelm your immune systems with refined sugar, low-quality fats, preservatives/additives, and especially alcohol.
All of these toxic chemicals and substances put extra unneeded stress on your organs, so they can’t perform their normal functions which ultimately leaves you vulnerable to infections.
With health being the #1 concern worldwide at the moment, Eric says that one of the best preventative measures you can take to fight off the virus is eating a variety of high-quality fruits, vegetables, fats, and proteins.
2. Getting Enough of That Good Old Water
Beyond immunity, water is essential to our overall livelihood as human beings.
Taking in at least eight glasses of water every day doesn’t just flush unwanted toxins out of your body.
It also oxygenates all of your organs so they can perform all the daily functions needed to keep you well.
These days, in particular, you need to keep your body operating at the top of its game, so don’t skimp on the sips!
And if you want to take it a step further, you can add lemon juice to your water to get a dose of Vitamin C along with extra detoxifying and bacteria-fighting properties.
3. Get Your Much Needed R&R
Right now it’s more important than ever to rest, recharge, and above all take care of yourself.
While getting more sleep by itself may not prevent you from getting sick 100%, missing out on some golden hours of shut-eye can definitely have a negative impact on your immune system.
A study done by the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that while we sleep our bodies produce cells that fight off infectious diseases and improve overall immune function.
So if you’re working from home be sure to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, take breaks throughout the day, stretch, meditate, and take an afternoon nap if you need it (guilt-free).
4. Step Out For Some Sunshine
When we’re spending far more time inside at home, catching a few rays of sunshine may not be at the top of your radar, but it really should be.
According to a study published in The National Center for Biotechnology Information, people with Vitamin D deficiencies were found to be more susceptible to infections and increased levels of autoimmunity.
In fact, before the creation of antibiotics, natural sources of Vitamin D were actually used to treat infections such as tuberculosis.
Even if you can’t pull up a lawn chair by the pool, any way you can soak up some sunshine like sitting by a window or reading a book on your balcony makes a world of difference.
5. A Breath of Fresh Air (Literally)
What brings you a sense of calm and peace? Whatever it may be, now is the time to put those things into practice.
Right now for many of us, stress is at an all-time high.
Some are worried about loved ones who are elderly or have pre-existing conditions. Others are unable to work from home or hire childcare services and worry about how they’ll pay the bills.
Whatever your worries entail, now it’s more important than ever to step back, breathe, and cultivate calming habits that keep your anxiety levels down.
Open up a window, light a candle, meditate, join an online yoga class, and if you have a chance to feel the breeze on your skin and hear birds chirping- go for it.
6. Find Connections During Your Quarantine
One of the largest non-physical challenges that many who are not accustomed to working from home or live alone, this time can understandably feel pretty isolating.
Though it may feel like you have to battle the coronavirus crisis on your own, the truth is there is outside of your own social circle there are a plethora of online communities looking for the same love and support during this difficult time.
But thankfully in the interconnected world, we live in, opportunities to find affection, love, and connection are all around us.
Whether you live with family or live alone, right now is an incredibly rare opportunity for us to spend precious quality time with the people we love either in person or through video chat.
No matter what, remember that you’re not alone in this.
All of us are in this together, and we will come out of this struggle stronger than ever. #WeAreInThisTogether
This article was written and edited by Madilyn Smith.